Profile For Ocho

Ocho's Info

  • Location:
    Atlanta, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    1 month, 3 weeks ago

Ocho's Bio

I am a young rookie driver looking to make a career change from corporate America into Truck driving. Hopefully I will be able to pass my CDL test soon to join you guys in the trucking world

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Finally Passed My CDL Test!!!

Thanks everyone for the Congrats!!! I am now working in the food delivery service, need to work on my backing but I know it comes with experience

Posted:  1 month ago

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Finally Passed My CDL Test!!!

Hey guys just wanted to give you guys an update. Thanks to all of your good advice with the shifting and starting from a stop, I passed my CDL road portion today. There was a point in during my test when I was completing that same left turn (that I mentioned in a previous post) and missed my gear (again) but this time I didn’t go into a panic and start grinding gears , I just completely stopped the truck, clutched all the way in , threw it into 4th gear and proceeds all in the matter of seconds!! I thought this was a for sure fail like the last time but I didn’t let it show. Once we got back to the DDS I told him “Go ahead and give it to me” sounding defeated, he smiled and said you passed!! “The key is to not panic”😁😁😁Moral of the story is don’t panic guys you got it!! And don’t count yourself out!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Recovering gears!

Yes, I think after my CDL road test I won’t drive another manual until it’s my owns

Reason why Automatics, are sooooo much easier to drive ! Die hard manual drivers I know, LOVED getting swapped into an auto truck, once they got to driving 1, said they'd NEVER got back to a manual lol....I got my drivers license at 15 in my girlfriends '66 VW Beetle, barely passed, because the examiner didn't like my speed shifting,and that I'd wind out every gear for max speed, and not use the clutch everytime....Told him, bro, it's a VW, you HAVE to wind out each gear to get going with the flow sheeesh....The turn signal flasher was bad, so I flicked it like it would do normally, when he was checking rear signals....Fun day !

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Recovering gears!

Thanks everyone for the useful advice! So it seems like the answer to problem is , for the low gears (1-4) I should progressive shift and don’t wind the gears for max speed. So I’ll start in 3rd gear and quickly grab 4th before I start a turn or go through an intersection. You guys are awesome thanks for the advice

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Recovering gears!

Yeah I figured out what I was doing wrong! After starting in 2nd from a stop, I can hit 3rd gear quickly but then I end up winding the gears to the max rpm’s allowed before trying to shift into 4th gear, but I believe the mph were to fast. So what I’ll do is I’ll start in 3rd gear and grab 4th quickly, that way by the time I get to 1300 rpm in 4th I can come straight down into 5th gear, or I could shift from 2nd to 4th without any hiccups and be on my way. This was the only thing that failed me so I’ll be ready to re-test in about 2 weeks

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Recovering gears!

So I started in 2nd and shifted to 3rd right before making the turn, once the turn was complete I tried to shift to 4th but I missed the gear, at this point I was going up a hill and my mph was at 15mph so I went into 6th gear. Yes I do believe I lost the rpm’s to get into 4th however my mph was 15 mph so I just did some quick thinking. Maybe I should have let the rpm’s drop down to around 900 or 1000 and then popped it into 4th, I panicked

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Recovering gears!

Good afternoon everyone. So today I took my road portion of my CDL test and I thought I was doing everything correctly, no stall outs, blinkers, down shifting, etc. I felt pretty good about the test. My only hiccup was when we were making a left turn that goes on a hill. I started from my stop in 2nd and quickly grabbed 3rd right before I started my turn, once the turn was finished I tried to grab fourth but I missed it so I went into 6th (15 mph). The examiner told me that I did not recover fast enough and that I would have been impeding traffic which is an automatic fail. (Even though there was no traffic). How do I quickly recover a missed gear without “impeding traffic “?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

One last question. Can I perform the same method while on an incline? Or would I have to do it the opposite way, slowly release the clutch until the point of contact , release the brake count to one and then accelerate lightly? There is a slight incline right before you leave out of the DDS and onto the road, I’ve managed to get over it before , but it was with a prayer and in 1st gear lol.

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Because I will be holding the clutch right below the “engaging” point it shouldn’t take me to long after I’ve started rolling to have the clutch fully released and ready to accelerate.

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It won't take long at all in 2nd gear, especially if you're pulling an empty trailer. It should take maybe two seconds from the time the clutch begins to engage until it's fully released.

Best of luck!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Ok, thanks for the advice. After practicing this weekend and learning that technique I feel better about starting from a stop. Just didn’t want to impede traffic after I get it rolling while slowly releasing the clutch, but I’d rather be be safe and slow rather than rushing and do something wrong. I really appreciate all of the wisdom you guys have shared. Because I will be holding the clutch right below the “engaging” point it shouldn’t take me to long after I’ve started rolling to have the clutch fully released and ready to accelerate. Thank you guys so much! Wish me luck!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Thanks guys for the warm welcome. I take my Road portion this Wednesday and I just wanted to make sure that I have this method down. So before we leave the DDS yard I will attempt this method. While rolling and still holding the clutch before the engagement point, should I wait until I have fully released the clutch before giving it gas, and then shifting to 4th, or would I have to roll a bit with now acceleration, let the clutch engage, and then give it gas? I know I might be talking in circles , I just don’t want to take to long releasing the clutch before the light turns red again!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Hey guys/gals! We were taught in CDL school to start from a stop in 4th gear! I can do this easily at school but for the test I can’t seem to take off without stalling. I think I may have found a way to take off from a stop in 2nd without stalling but my way seems unorthodox!! While I’m at the red light, I hold both the clutch and the brake in. While the light is still red I perform a “tug” test to see how far I need to push the clutch in just to hold. While holding the clutch “before” the engaging point, I release the brakes and let the torque pull the truck forward, while easing further off the clutch, once the clutch is fully engaged I give it gas. My problem is I think I am doing this way to slow and all wrong, but it works for me most times. Do you guys have any pointers, to improve take off without stalling?

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